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Goodbye for now, Coal

post #1 of 18
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I was leaving work yesterday morning when my cel phone rang; Tybalt was calling to tell me not to food shop, but to come straight home, as Coal was having trouble breathing and had been vomiting and crying for the last hour.

Coal was diagnosed with FIP about 5 or 6 weeks ago, and has been in isolation in my bedroom. He was so glad to finally be an "only cat", even if it meant staying in one room. He'd become swollen with abdominal fluid but had been eating, drinking and using the box, and his breathing up until then had been easy and non-labored.

I got home and as soon as I saw Coal, I knew it was his time. He looked right in my face and meowed, as if to tell me he understood. We wrapped him in a towel and I held him on my lap for the long ride down the mountain to the vet's.

We were there while the vet helped him cross to the Rainbow Bridge; Tybalt and I both holding, petting and talking to him, telling him how much we loved him and what a wonderful cat he was.

I told him that once he got where he was going, if he happened to see Ulysses (who's been missing for over a week and I fear met up with a predator), to kick his butt for me, and if he wasn't there, to tell Bast to send Ulysses back home already.

He passed quietly and with dignity, as he'd lived the last 5 years with us. He would have been 15 this Spring; he was a 10 year old in a shelter when we adopted him, having outlived his previous human.

As I was finally drifting off to sleep around noon, I swear I felt him jump up on the bed behind me as he's done every day while in my room with me, and knead his paws into my hair, bumping me with his head on the back on mine. I know that was him telling me he was fine, not to worry. I'm sure he'll be waiting for me, just as I am sure he was thrilled to be reunited with his former owner.
post #2 of 18
RIP Coal. (hug)
post #3 of 18
Oh Sue i'm so sorry And Coal will be waiting for you thats for sure.

I've heard many times when owners thought they could feel their animals presence, and i believe that's them telling you that their ok

Play happily over the bridge Coal
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mom of 10 Cats
As I was finally drifting off to sleep around noon, I swear I felt him jump up on the bed behind me as he's done every day while in my room with me, and knead his paws into my hair, bumping me with his head on the back on mine. I know that was him telling me he was fine, not to worry. I'm sure he'll be waiting for me, just as I am sure he was thrilled to be reunited with his former owner.
Im sure that it was just as you thought. Coal saying his goodbyes.

comforting thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.
rest peacefully Coal.
post #5 of 18
RIP Coal. Sounds like he was letting you know that he was safe, and happy.
post #6 of 18
Sue, I am so, so sorry for your loss . That last paragraph really brought me to tears....Coal was determined to let you know that he's happy and at peace . RIP sweet Coal
post #7 of 18
RIP until you are with your loving family again Coal.
post #8 of 18
RIP sweet Coal.
post #9 of 18
Sue, I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost such a beloved member of your family. Coal was lucky to have had two wonderful families in his lifetime, one that greeted him at the Bridge, and one he still waits for.
post #10 of 18
I am sorry for your loss. Coal, rest in peace.
post #11 of 18
Sorry for your loss. RIP, Coal. How lucky you are to have felt Coal's presence - it must of have been very reassuring.
post #12 of 18
I am so sorry that you lost Coal to FIP. How lucky he was to find you to comfort him after he lost his first owner.

My Mattie died of FIP, too, as a kitten. Her sister Festus has been a great comfort to me by adopting several mannerisms of Matties that I never saw before Mattie passed.

I'm sure Coal and Mattie will meet up in heaven. She is jet black, and I'm guessing that with a name like Coal, he is rather black, too! Either way, they will make good companions.

I hope Ulysses is ok, and comes home soon. It is painful enough to lose one precious kitty. Losing two is too much!

Condolences to you and the rest of your family in the loss of Coal.
post #13 of 18
Sue - saying sorry doesnt seem enough right now

sweet Coal, rest peacefully darlin
post #14 of 18
RIP sweet Coal.
post #15 of 18
RIP little coal
post #16 of 18
Another one, Sue. This just isn't fair. Hugs to you both.
post #17 of 18
I am so sorry for your loss I know that he is playing freely over on the other side of the rainbow bridge!
post #18 of 18
RIP Coal

I'm so sorry you lost your kitty.
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